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Bug Labs Unveils BUG 2.0 Platform at Mobile World Congress

At the Mobile World Congress (News - Alert), Bug Labs, a technology company offering open hardware development platform for prototyping and deploying next-generation electronics devices, unveiled its second-generation hardware system, BUG 2.0.
This new version of the BUGBase product is based on the OMAP 3 platform from Texas Instruments (News - Alert) Inc., or “TI,” and also supports BeagleBoard, by running all applications written for that device. BeagleBoard is a low-power; low-cost single-board computer produced by Texas Instruments in association with Digi-Key to demonstrate the Texas Instrument's OMAP 3 platform.
“We are very excited that the next generation of BUG devices support TI platforms and even more excited to see the hardware innovations that will come from developers, given a new vehicle to quickly and affordably bring their visions to life,” said Russell Crane, high-performance ARM marketing manager, TI.
Bug Labs official clarified that the newly announced BUG 2.0 also adds support for Android (News - Alert), allowing developers to port current Android apps to the BUG and also to create new apps that use BUG’s modules to create new Android-based hardware applications. This support for Android platform, as stated by the company official, is a leap forward for both Bug Labs and Android, as it brings a wide developer community into the open hardware movement.
With this version, OMAP 3 users can now take advantage of Bug Labs’ unique collection of BUGmodules to explore new application categories. This second generation platform also is said to bring more power, more compatibility and more support for individuals and companies who are conceptualizing, prototyping, testing, and building wireless, networked and headless devices.
“We’ve seen tremendous interest and excitement around BUG since our product launched two years ago,” said Peter Semmelhack, founder and CEO at Bug Labs. “We’ve spent a lot of time learning from our community and our customers, and have designed our second generation product to meet their growing needs.”
“BUG is now a part of the growing OMAP community supporting open development, and TI has been a pioneer in open source hardware,” Semmelhack added.

Jai C.S. is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jai's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire

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